Joliet West High School Students in Forensics Class Solve “Break Out” with Breakout EDU
October 6, 2016 11:09 AM
In celebration of Human Services Academy Week, a week dedicated to promoting career exploration within the human services field, forensics students at Joliet West High School had the opportunity to solve a mock “Crime Scene Investigation” case through Breakout EDU.
Breakout EDU is a hands-on activity that challenged these amateur sleuths to apply the knowledge they have gained in class about topics such as blood splatter, fingerprints, toxicology, and crime scene investigation in order to solve puzzles and find hidden items. The goal of the activity is to use found keys and clues to open the locked box.
One participant, Joliet West senior Kristen Ames, said, “It’s really cool to see classmates come together to solve something like this. Your mind can go in a thousand directions in order to solve the problems together.”
Forensics is a one-semester science elective that uses a mix of physics, biology, and chemistry. There are many careers, especially those in the human services area, that these skills can be applied to.
Forensics teacher, Kristin Chally, said, “Not many classes offer full-on project-based lessons. If a student wants to gain fun, hands-on science experience, I highly recommend this course.”
The forensics class is the first class at Joliet West High School to use this new hands-on learning tool, which was then made available to all students during their advisory period.
Throughout the day, students were also allowed to come to the library and attempt to “break the case”, unlock the box, and earn a prize. The clues were adjusted to allow students to complete the task in the 25-minute advisory period and they were themed around different human services careers.
Joliet West High School librarians, Amy Lingafelter and Amy Walsh, hope to apply the engaging Breakout EDU to other courses in the future.